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Initial post: 6 Dec 2012 20:00:59 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
Hello all. I am desperately searching for a novel so that i may read it to my son, but i am afraid i have very little details to go on. It is an adventure/fantasy book, written, I believe in the early 1900's. I seem to remember the author being of Northern European background. For some reason i think either Danish or German but possibly Swedish. All i can remember is that it is an adventure story with a young boy as the hero and involves castles and swords etc... i was under the impression that the book would be very well know but so far my search has been unfruitful, any help would be greatly appreciated

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 01:17:25 GMT
Last edited by the author on 7 Dec 2012 05:49:02 GMT
Anita says:
You definitely do not give much to go by... :)

Any chance of this?

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils

[Edit] wrong link, sorry

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 05:48:17 GMT
Anita says:
Sorry - in case it's the right book, the link is still wrong. I'd never recommend an abridged version, my mistake. There's the full version:

The Wonderful Adventures of Nils (Dover Children's Classics)

Posted on 7 Dec 2012 11:15:18 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
Hi Anita, thanks for your help, sadly the book you mentioned is not the one I'm looking for, the one I am searching for is a bit more grown up, sort of in the teenage bracket

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 11:39:54 GMT
JW says:
Could it be Beowulf?

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 12:20:32 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
Nope not Beowulf, I'm sure its pre ww2 but not ancient :-) I have an inkling that the title began with a 'g'

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 12:40:30 GMT
JW says:
Lol! -it was a bit of a long shot but I believe Tolkien wrote an essay on Beowulf in the 1930s, kind of 'rediscovering' it and prompting new interest which is why I thought it might be what you're looking for. Good luck finding it anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 14:43:43 GMT
Dave F says:
All that springs to mind - probably not very useful - are either C S Lewis 'Chronicles of Narnia' or Terry Jones' 'Erik the Viking'


In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 16:16:18 GMT
F. Burke says:
Maybe it is I AM DAVID by Anne Holm.....??

In reply to an earlier post on 7 Dec 2012 22:56:16 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
No sorry F.burke, it's much older than that. This is driving me mad now! thank you for your help guys, i have a feeling it may be a series, 2 possibly 3 part

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 00:49:41 GMT
Frank Mundo says:
The Gormenghast Trilogy?

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 15:10:11 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
Thanks Frank. I think it must be the gormenghast trilogy, it ticks all the boxes, German sounding, begins with G etc... i did consider this several days ago, but i wasn't convinced as the Authors name didn't conjure up anything in my memory, neither did the books cover, but on delving a little deeper i have seen some older versions whom's front cover is familiar, so i think our search is concluded.

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 15:16:42 GMT
gille liath says:
I don't think it is - unless your initial description was way off the mark. Gormenghast isn't an adventure story, not pre-war (don't think), and I don't remember any swords. A fantasy, but more a grown-up political one.

Posted on 8 Dec 2012 15:22:35 GMT
Anita says:

English author, for starters... :)

(And yes, post war, starting with 1950 more or less, hardly *early* 1900's... hardly children's book either)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 17:24:52 GMT
Josh Cleaver says:
All valid points, I meant more teenage than children's..... And I could have quite easily confused the Germanicesque title with the authors name,I was around 14 when I read it. Of course If anyone has any more suggestions then they are very welcome

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 20:24:39 GMT
Anita says:
I might have got confused by you saying that you want to read it to your son, so I thought children's books first... Anyway, memory is a strange thing. :)

I suggest you read the plot description on Wikipedia
perhaps then you'll know if that's the right book (3 books actually)

In reply to an earlier post on 8 Dec 2012 21:30:50 GMT
M. Jolliff says:
Try plot search site.

Posted on 10 Dec 2012 13:47:26 GMT
K. E. Moon says:
The Princess and the Goblin (Puffin Classics)

This is the only book I could think of which might fit the bill - there is a sequel called The Princess and Curdie. Any good?
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